ES 501: AdvSem-Approached to Environ Change

Synonym:

58958 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Charles Curtin

Credits:

2

Seats:

16

Semester:

Spring 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Thu 1/22 (1:00PM-2:59PM)
Thu 2/5 (1:00PM-2:59PM)
Thu 2/19 (1:00PM-2:59PM)
Thu 3/5 (1:00PM-2:59PM)
Thursdays 3/26 - 4/2 (1:00PM-2:59PM)
Thu 4/16 (1:00PM-2:59PM)

Description:

Competency Area: CB, Cert, EAO, EE, RMC, IND – Elective
Restricted to ES masters students; others by written permission of instructor provided to the Registrar’s Office via FirstClass.

The world is facing increasing rates of environmental, economic, and social change. From climatic variation to globalization there is increasing evidence that disciplinary, linear approaches to problem solving are no longer adequate for addressing the array of challenges facing humanity and the natural world in the coming decades. This seminar examines the interaction of ecology, economy, and society through viewing conservation and management questions as a series of complex adaptive systems. This perspective is an important departure from much of conservation and management in being systems-based and spanning “socio-ecological” processes. It is designed to provide the underlying theoretical context, but equally importantly provide a problem-solving kit for practitioners. There will also be on-line classes & assignments.